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What should my target blood sugar levels be?

The target blood sugar levels can vary depending on several factors, including your age, how long you've had diabetes, and any other health conditions you have. However, the American Diabetes Association suggests some general target ranges for most individuals with diabetes: a fasting (before meals) blood glucose level of 80-130 mg/dL and a post meal (1-2 hours after the start of a meal) level of less than 180 mg/dL. It's important to remember that these are general targets, and individual targets may vary. Some people, such as those with a history of severe hypoglycemia, may need higher targets. Consult with your healthcare provider to establish blood glucose targets that are appropriate for your specific circumstances.


  1. American Diabetes Association. (2021). "Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes—2021." Diabetes Care.

  2. Mayo Clinic. (2020). "Blood sugar levels: How high is too high?"

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